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Men in Their 40s Should Ideally Undergo Screening for Prostate Cancer

by Savitha C Muppala on April 18, 2013 at 4:59 PM
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 Men in Their 40s Should Ideally Undergo Screening for Prostate Cancer

Researchers have advised men in their late 40s to undergo screening test for prostate cancer.

The research team suggested that screening tests for every man between the ages of 45-49 will detect close to 50% of prostate cancer cases. Such screening tests can also help reduce mortality by 20%.

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The research team has said that men in their mid-to-late 40s should be offered a PSA test. "At least half of all men can be identified as being at low risk and probably need no more than three PSA tests in a lifetime," researchers said.

"This is likely to reduce the risk of over-diagnosis while still enabling early cancer detection among those most likely to gain from early diagnosis."

Dr Anne Mackie, Director of NHS Screening Programmes at Public Health England, said, "We are currently in the process of a scheduled review for a screening programme for prostate cancer and will make a recommendation towards the end of 2013."



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